IMAGE is a Peer Led Museums Group for people with experience of mental health issues who are interested in working with local Museums to promote positive mental health and well-being for all their visitors and the local communities surrounding them. It is a Peer Led Group which means that participants will work with each other to draw on the different skills, strengths and knowledge which each person brings.
The group meets every 2-3 weeks moving between The Holburne, Bath Preservation Trust sites and The American Museum & Gardens over the course of a year
In the group’s first year they have developed their skills through specialist artist lead workshops by:
Kim Thomson (Silversmith), Anne Desmet (Wood Engraving) and Paula Tew (Screen Print)
They have exhibited hand-made silver rings in response to the Holburne’s exhibition Silver: Light and Shade and their screen printed bags are on sale in the Museum of Bath Architecture shop!
Through this pathway participants are developing new skills and also knowledge of the heritage/cultural sector.
Being part of the group has given me the chance to get out, socialise and be less isolated. I’ve also gained a sense of purpose. Using the museums for creative activities has also aided my wellbeing – definitely!” (group member)
The groups aims are to:
- Inspire – Museum collections, buildings and spaces offer creative inspiration
- Reflect – Museum environments offer calm, quiet places to meet and work
- Develop – knowledge and skills through access to facilities and staff expertise
- Share – members will share their individual skills and strengths within the group
- Articulate – group members will have a ‘voice’ within Museums
- Collaborate – the group will work with Museums to promote inclusion and well-being through enjoyment of the arts and creativity
- Exhibit – group members will share and celebrate their work in Museum settings
- Empower – each individual will be empowered through their contribution to the group and to the wider Museum communities
- Have fun!!